Sunday, September 7, 2008
Powerful Memory - Eight Belles - Powerful Legacy
The remains of Eight Belles have been laid to rest at The Kentucky Derby Museum at Churchill Downs. Today, Sunday, Sept. 7, 2008, a memorial service was held there. I, now, have a heightened respect for Eight Belles' trainer, Larry Jones. Stifling his emotions, he said:
“I was the lucky one who got to see her come into the barn as a long-legged, gangly 2-year-old filly and was also the one who was lucky enough to see her turn into a lovely, gallant and courageous racehorse,” Jones said. “My memories of her on the day (of the Derby) is that she had so much poise. She knew everyone was here for her and she just decided that with 150,000 people looking, she felt she owed it to every one of them to make eye contact. I think people were mesmerized by her."
In the words of Rick Porter, her owner:
“I’m convinced that her tragic accident is a possible catalyst for the several crisis-level changes needed in Thoroughbred horse racing. If her death can bring about much-needed rules eliminating unnecessary medication and the implementation of a racing commission to whom all of us will be accountable, then Eight Belles will not have died in vain.”
Eight Belles, such a glorious, amazing creature.